Friday, March 12, 2010

Two Birds With 1 Stone

For those of you who are around us frequently know that Lily doesn't talk much. It really isn't a big surprise because who can get a word in edgewise with Erin around? We did speech therapy for a good part of last year and she was progressing nicely. So we decided to stop and since then her progress has slowed. I wasn't planning on putting Lily in 3 yr old preschool, but I am thinking it might help with her speech. So as I was feeding Kaylee at 2:30am the other morning I was thinking about Lily and speech. Trying to think of other ways to help her. I have some flash cards but truth be told we both hate them so it doesn't happen much. So what is something that she would enjoy that would encourage her speech? I remembered working in a preschool for a short time and one of the things they did to help get the kids excited about learning letters of the alphabet was to have a letter of the day and hide copies of it all over and when the kids found them it was super exciting and no matter what you were doing at that moment they were also learning letters. I thought I could transfer this idea and do a word of the day with Lily.
Well to make a long story short (I know it's a little late for that) the idea kept growing in my mind and now is a typed formal lesson plan that will benefit both the girls.
Here is a peak of what it looks like:
1- Focus on words from one book. The first book I am using is Charlie Cooks Favorite Book.
First word of focus from this book is: BOOK (brilliant I know)We will also focus on: walk, chair, dragon, frog, nest, green, crown, fish, cake, head, and boy. (Lily can say some of these words, but this will help encourage the activity)
2- Hide pictures of books with the word book printed on the bottom of the picture, all over the house.
3- When one of the girls finds a pic we stop what we are doing and Lily repeats the word while Erin reads the word. So we have 30 sec lessons spread throughout the day.
4- Read the focus book each night and whenever we run across the focus word Erin will read it and Lily will repeat it.
5- Once a day have a 5ish min focus on the word. Erin will read it then read other word similar (ie. took, look, nook) Lily will repeat it and words similar in meaning (ie. read, pages, words).
So in this one activity I will engage both girls, help Erin with reading and Lily with her speech. I have a total of 12 focus words from this first book and I am printing off all my material at once which will lighten the load of the small amount of work that it is. I hope this goes as well as I think it will. I will update you at the end of this book how it went.
While we are at it do you have any fun ideas to help your children in either of these areas? I would love to hear them.


Andrea said...

I don't have any ideas but I think what you are doing sounds great. You are such a fun mom.

Michael and Natalia said...

I LOVE playing preschool with my kids!!! What you are doing is great! I will try and think of some more ideas for you. I am glad Lily is doing better. Keep us posted on her progress. Good luck!

Bonnie said...

It sounds good to me, Liz, now, let's hope the girls agree. I just read the funniest experience about a similar situation today in the bbook, A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. The 32-month-old little girl's first words were an out-and-out savvy conversation with her dad, negotiating with him not to have to give up her bottle! Hilarious!

Britt said...

Wow! You're pretty organized with this stuff. I just stuck my kid in preschool. Yup! My oldest had 3 years of preschool and loved it!

Bonnie said...

Liz, that book I mentioned? I'm not loving it. Just the incident with the baby bottle was great, the rest of it isn't nearly as good.

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